Micah Richards and Alan Shearer discuss the best bargains in Premier League HISTORY … but who comes out best than Eric Cantona, Jamie Vardy and Kolo Toure?
- Micah Richards and Alan Shearer picked their top ten Premier League bargains
- The experts based their criteria on players who were ‘squeezed from their clubs’
- Eric Cantona and Jamie Vardy were both in their top ten selections
With more and more money being spent on the transfer market each season, ‘bargains’ are becoming less common in the Premier League.
However, there have been some clever business from different clubs in the past, and Micah Richards and Alan Shearer have picked out the top ten buys.
The two experts chose their players as part of the Match of the Day Top 10 podcastTheir criteria were players who were ‘taken from their club’ rather than those who were cheap or free transfers.
Micah Richards (left) and Alan Shearer (right) picked their top 10 Premier League bargains
When it came to the No. 1 bargain, both went for strikers in Eric Cantona and Jamie Vardy.
Sportsmail’s Richards chose Cantona, who came to Manchester United for £ 1.2 million from Leeds in 1992.
The Frenchman has won nine trophies in five years, scoring 82 goals for the club.
‘He just has to be number one – £ 1.2 million for him? I just loved him, ”Richards said.
‘He’s just the man and he’s so iconic. Growing up as a kid, everyone had turned their collars thinking it was him. He has everything. He just took Vardy away from me because of the number of trophies he’s won, and the number may have helped. ‘
Richards chose Eric Cantona, who came from Leeds to Manchester United for £ 1.2 million in 1992
Shearer chose Jamie Vardy, who signed for Leicester from non-league Fleetwood in 2012
Micah Richards and Alan Shearer’s top 10 PL bargains
1. Eric Cantona (Sleevester United) 2. Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 3. Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United)4. Kolo Toure (Arsenal) 5. Robin van Persie (Arsenal) 6. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) 7. Paolo di Canio (West Ham) 8. Lucas Radebe (Leeds) 9. Seamus Coleman (Everton) 10. Andy Robertson ( Liverpool)
Alan Shearer 1. Jamie Vardy 2. Eric Cantona 3. Peter Schmeichel 4. Seamus Coleman 5. Kolo Toure 6. Robin van Persie 7. Riyad Mahrez 8. Lucas Radebe 9. Andy Robertson 10. Paolo di Canio
Shearer, however, had Cantona in second place, calling Vardy his best bargain. The forward joined Leicester in 2012 for £ 1 million from non-league side Fleetwood.
The Foxes were in the championship at the time, but Vardy’s goals got them to the top flight before leading their famous title-winning season in 2016.
He scored his 100th Premier League goal last season and also took the Golden Boot for the first time.
He said, “To get out of non-competitive football, to be one of the best strikers in the best league in the world in my opinion, is just phenomenal. It only gives hope to everyone who plays at that level.
“It’s one thing to get there, but it’s another to stay there, because everyone knows his game and what he is good at, but not many people have been able to stop him. It’s a great story. ‘
The two experts agreed on third place with Peter Schmeichel, who joined the Red Devils in 1991 from £ 505,000 from Brondby.
The goalkeeper won 15 trophies for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and was part of the 1999 triple-winning team. Fourth place sparked more discussion, with Richards choosing former Arsenal defender Kolo Toure, while Shearer chose Everton captain Seamus. Coleman went.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel was in third place on both lists
Kolo Toure was fourth on Richards’ list and fifth in Shearer’s selections
Toure, who described Richards as ‘the nicest man ever’, signed for Arsenal from Ivorian ASEC Mimosas in 2002 for a fee of just £ 150,000.
The center-back was part of the Invincibles team that won the Premier League in 2004 without losing a single game. Shearer had Toure in fifth place and chose Coleman in fourth place instead.
The Republic of Ireland international joined the Sligo Rovers Toffees in 2009 for £ 60,000.
The defender hasn’t won a trophy at Goodison Park in 12 years, but Shearer pointed out his popularity with fans and his number of appearances (342), despite a serious injury.
Elsewhere in the list for both experts were Robin van Persie, Riyad Mahrez, Andy Robertson, Lucas Radebe and Paolo di Canio.